Wilfredo Pascual’s excerpt from a work in progress
Moderator, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo
Wilfredo Pascual’s current project is a collection of essays that seeks to explore the interstices of cinema and history. It interweaves two main narratives: the story of Elena Jurado, a Cebuana silent-film actress who went to the US in the early 1920s; and Pascual’s own account of his search for Elena Jurado. In the process of writing the project, Pascual eventually realized that the work is a rumination about time. He wanted to know why he was so obsessed with the past and what was his own place in the world.